Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $161,479)
The CT Project Safe Neighborhoods 2021 project is intended to begin on October 1, 2021 and continue throughSeptember 30, 2024. The CT Project has the following goals: 1) Maintain gang task forces in each of the PSN sites. Continue to assign Assistant United States Attorneys to participate locally in regular intelligence meetings, to offer advice on adoption of matters for federal prosecution, initiate matters such as wiretaps, advise on investigative strategies and working with cooperating witnesses and confidential informants (including gang members and affiliates) and to coordinate enforcement activity; 2) Coordinate current cross-agency efforts with PSN, including Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Safe Streets Task Force, and Project Longevity as described below; 3) Promote and encourage active community involvement and outreach through collaboration and frequent communication between law enforcement and community leaders.; 4) Enhance and/or further develop emotional wellness, education and technology training opportunities as a prevention to gang and gun violence.
The geographic focus of the grant-funded activities will continue to be Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven, Connecticut, with an expansion to 3-4 smaller cities that are experiencing troubling levels of gun and gang violence. The Charter Oak Group, LLC will be the research partner for this project. Key partners in this project include: The United States Attorney’s Office- Connecticut; The Justice Education Center, Inc. the CT Office of Policy and Management andCT Project Longevity; The Connecticut General Assembly; the CT Judicial Branch, Court- Support Services Division;the CT State Department of Education; and local police departments in the PSN taskforce sites.